English Language


The Global Scale of English: A new solution that’s off the scale

The Global Scale of English (GSE), the world’s first truly global English language standard, will allow you to measure progress accurately and easily. Our ultimate ambition is to provide learners – wherever they are in the world – with the answers to these questions:

  • How good is my English?
  • Am I progressing?
  • What do I need to do next?

The GSE ecosystem is made up of four parts – the scale itself, the GSE Learning Objectives, course materials and assessment. The GSE Learning Objectives are critical in that they provide context for teachers and learners – they describe exactly what it means to be at a level of proficiency in English in terms of what a learner can do. They are an open access resource for teachers and learners worldwide to use to help create their own courses and syllabuses and plan their own personal path to English proficiency.
The GSE is aligned to other scales you may have heard of, such as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and high-stakes tests such as IELTS and TOEFL. You can use the Global Scale of English to guide your learning no matter what your ultimate goal is.
Learn how we’re mapping English proficiency levels and learning goals to the Global Scale of English.

The GSE Learning Objectives

The GSE Learning Objectives describe what a learner should be able to do at every point on the Global Scale of English for reading, writing, speaking and listening. Creating the new GSE Learning Objectives has been a truly collaborative endeavour. Thousands of teachers from over 50 countries have worked on the project to rate the GSE Learning Objectives – to come to a shared understanding of what it means to be at a level in English across each of the four skills.
Four sets of Learning Objectives are being developed, each tailored to meet the needs of specific audiences – Learners of Professional English, Academic English, Young Learners and General Adult Learners. Available GSE Learning Objectives can be found below:

The Global Scale of English Learning Objectives for Young Learners
The Global Scale of English Learning Objectives for Professional English
The Global Scale of English Learning Objectives for Academic English
The Global Scale of English Learning Objectives for adults
GSE Grammar
The Global Scale of English Assessment Framework


Providing both comprehensive skills practice as well as test preparation, the Preparation Course offers high-intermediate and advanced students clearly defined strategies for improving test performance.

Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL Test: The Paper Test Student Book and CD-ROM with Answer Key9780131408838
Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL Test: The Paper Test Student Book and CD-ROM without Answer Key9780131408869
Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL Test: The Paper Test Audio CDs9780131408845
Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL Test: The Paper Test Audiocassettes9780131408852


Focus on IELTS new edition keeps its popular topic based approach plus new material aimed at helping students succeed in their future studies.
The new edition includes:

  • 50% more language and vocabulary input
  • 2 completely new units
  • New texts and lead in activities
  • Exam tips
  • 4 new academic strands (10 Academic Style Sections, 10 Academic Vocabulary Sections, 5 Reflective Learning Sections, 5 Critical Thinking Sections)
Focus on IELTS was developed by the author in the classroom and includes key features (including Error Hit Lists and Practice banks) from real students’ needs in real classroom situations.

  • Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning training helps students become more analytical as learners
  • Academic Vocabulary sections systematically build up knowledge of the Academic Word List
  • Academic Style sections focus on key aspects of academic English, and develop students’ ability to achieve the appropriate formal style.



Now in a new edition, the three-level Longman Preparation Series for the TOEIC® Test gives students the skills and strategies they need to increase their scores on the Listening and Reading sections of the TOEIC® test.
Designed and paced to reflect the look and feel of the TOEIC® test, this series maximizes learners’ familiarity and comfort with the exam.
New Fifth Edition features include:

  • Free CD-ROM containing audio MP3 files, audio script and optional answer keyto help students practice listening comprehension exercises on their own.
  • Notes to the teacher and syllabus with suggested teaching times promote consistency across multiple program sites.
  • Three complete Practice Tests include TOEIC® test-style answer sheets for diagnosis and assessment.
  • Over 1,000 practice items reflecting the format and content of the TOEIC test.
  • Objectives in each section help learners to focus and set goals.
  • Highlighted test-taking tips provide tips and grammatical explanations, plus links to specific exercises for immediate help and reinforcement.
  • New grammar tips and vocabulary tips.
  • Expanded and more varied exercises provide realistic test practice.
  • Complete listening CD-ROM with every book.

Sample Units
Longman Preparation Series for the TOEIC Test: Introduction, 5/E
Longman Preparation Series for the TOEIC Test: Intermediate, 5/E
Longman Preparation Series for the TOEIC Test: Introduction, 5/E

General English

The General English Courses are designed to give you the confidence to communicate effectively in real-life situations.

The course provides a balanced programme, focusing on the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, whilst covering essential grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, idioms and colloquial language.
It provides effective training for students who need English for work, study or travel. In addition it can help provide preparation for a number of exams including IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, KET and PET.

Generally 8 – 10 levels of General English are offered in institutions.

GSE: 10 – 29

CEFR: A1 – A2
GSE: 22 – 35

CEFR: A2 – B1
GSE: 36 – 50

CEFR: B1 – B1+
GSE: 43 – 58

CEFR: B1+ – B2
GSE: 51 – 66

CEFR: B2+ – C1
GSE: 67 – 75